Thumbprint Apple Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
Copper in color with a thin tan head that leaves a trace of lace.
Apple juice, bubblegum, banana Runts candy. Sweet and candy like.
Sweet candy and bubblegum are the main flavors here. The apple is there lurking, but it is not real prominent. You know it's there, but it's the sweet caramel and bubblegum that stand out the most.
Crisp and quite refreshing. The carbonation is a bit sharp, but it levels off. This is close to a medium body, but falls a bit short. Pretty nice for a four percent beer.
A nice beer, but I feel the apples are overshadowed in it. You can taste it, but the malty sweetness overtakes it. That same sweetness takes the drinkability down for me as well. I think one of these would be about all I would want in one sitting.
11-19-2010 01:34:12 | More by jera1350
3.35/5 rDev -18.9%
Pours a nice chrystal-clear amber copper color. The head is thin but it sticks around for the duration. Nice thick sticky lacing. Great fresh apple smell. Thats the only smell at first, but I pick up some more subtle bready, hoppy beer scents as I smell more closely. It's a fantastic smell. I was expecting it to have the fall baking spices added like pumpkin beers. I'm very glad it wasn't. The taste is much like the smell. Very crisp, juicy fresh sweet and sour apple flavors, with just a hint of bread and hops to make you realize this is a beer. That's kind of my problem. I love beer, and I love apples, but does it make either better to put them together? I really like Woodchuck hard cider as a change of pace. This tasted a lot like that except it had a bready, malty base that didn't fit with the apple flavor. That really kind of defeats the purpose doesn't it? I did like the flavor. It's one of the more enjoyable fruit flavored beers I've had. Someone used to cider or wine who is crossing over to beer would be a good audiance for this. Overall, it's a unique and pleasant tasting beer.
11-18-2010 22:45:10 | More by lester619
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Had this the last time it was Unplugged and loved it. Happy it came back, I'll be keeping a bunch of this.
A - Light brown, transparent and a white head. I mean this looks like apple cider and the bubbles look like a hard cider.
S - A light sour but no spice...this is not an apple spice beer THANK GOD!
T - That slight sour I thought I noticed is not anywhere in the taste. Instead, sweet apple and caremel malts. The malt is mild but noticeable. Everyone needs to try this beer, again a great fruit beer by NG.
M - Very light, very sessionable and highly carbed. The apple does stick to your tongue but it's not overly sweet.
D - At 4% you really need to stock up on this. I can't wait to share this with family at Thanksgiving. What a great beer.
I love NG and I love this beer. It's got apple but it's not over the top. Its not sour apple but its not overly sweet.
11-18-2010 01:50:49 | More by boomer31
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island tulip
A - Sparkling amber with a hint of red, small white head which shrinks quickly, good lacing
S - Blend of apples, sugar
T - Apple juice, fresh grains --> more apple, honey --> some caramel, bread, and a touch of champagne on the back half, ending fruity and sweet, but not overly so.
M - Very well carbonated, sweet without being sticky, light to medium-bodied
D - Do you find apple juice drinkable? I do.
A straightforward, nicely done apple beer. I'll buy this whenever I can - tasty stuff.
11-17-2010 23:08:39 | More by klikger
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
Yet another NG fruit beer for me. Poured in to NG flute glass.
A: beer pours a very pale amber with little to no head, minimal lacing, crystal clear
S: the initial aroma is very sweet with a nice fresh crisp apple nose, some delicate cinnamon and spice character is in there as well. This smells like a very light and qauffable beer.
T: the taste starts sweet and then comes a bit of tartness similar to green apple, the finish is sweet with some notes of spices. Nice refreshing finish. Unlike other NG fruit beers, this one has no wood character and no lasting tartness. This one is very light and very refreshing.
MF: thin body, high carbonation, crisp and refreshing
D: New Glarus really knows how to preserve the delicate flavors of fruit and translate them to beer. This one nearly taste like a sparkling cider, I almost forgot this was beer.
11-16-2010 06:25:25 | More by homebrew311
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Crystal clear shimmering amber with tiny, light carbonation that diffuses into a thin veil of froth on the surface. This simply looks like a lightly carbonated Apple Juice.
S- Baked Apple and champagne-like effervescence fills the nose. Im also picking up some dark cherry notes, smells almost like a apple and cherry pie. Very sweet and inviting.
T - New Glarus does it again with this fruit offering! The sweet flavor of apples hits you right up front, but no where near cloying. The finish has a slight tartness that perfectly balances the taste of this low ABV beer.
M - Perfect viscosity for the flavor, not too watery, and not overly rich and frothy. There is enough carbonation to give this a champagne type mouthfeel, without causing any off flavors or acidity.
D - Off the charts in this category. A sip becomes a drink, and a drink becomes a gulp, and a gulp becomes... well my 4 pack wont last long. I cant imagine anyone NOT liking this stuff.
It is not terribly complex, but seems to successfully accomplish with apples what their Belgian Red does with Cherries. Their Unplugged Apple Ale is just further proof that New Glarus is the American (possibly World?) Champions of the Fruit/Veg segment of craft brewing.
If you are lucky enough to find this, don't hesitate to pick it up. If you don't like it (doubtful!) you wont have to go far to find someone who will.
11-14-2010 01:21:41 | More by Bobby12many
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
12 oz red foil laden bottle into a flute glass
Effervescent yellow with a white collar. Surface is continually barraged by an army of aggressive bubblage.
Smells like the holidays. Cinnamon doused apple pie, both sweet and tart.
Oh, the things New Glarus does with fruit. Beautiful interplay of sweet and tart apples. Pie crust and cinnamon also showcased. Highly enjoyable and scary how the smell and tastes of this beer play into memories of childhood and holiday time with family.
Light, crisp and extremely refreshing. More juicy than dry. Drinks more like juice than a cider like Wood Charles.
This is the epitome of drinkability. So fresh, so accessible and low in alcohol, and so pleasant to drink on a rainy fall afternoon. Thank you, New Glarus.
11-13-2010 19:42:25 | More by BarrytheBear
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
I wish this beer was released a few months ago....a perfect fall beer! New Glarus Apple Ale pours a golden cider. VERY pleasant sweet tart apple taste mixed with cinnamon, mild malt, and the hint of alcohol is nice. I could easy crush a 4-pack of this on a crisp fall day.
11-12-2010 23:14:29 | More by TheDTrain
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
The infamous Apple Ale. Glad I finally get to try this stuff. Bottle into my Duvel Tulip.
A: Clear cider brown with a fast fading finger or so of off white head. No lace or cap.
S: Wow this smells like Door county in a glass. Apples some sweet some tart. Cinnamon and pie crust. Smells like a like aplle pie in a glass.
T: Holy crap! Straight up apple cider. Great balance of sweet and tart apples. Plenty of cinnamon and pie crust. Just a touch of vanilla in the finish. This reminds me of Enigma but with more emphasis on the apple. Wonderful.
M: Light and thin body. Bubbly carbonation. Surprisingly not as dry as I thought it would finish.
D: One of if not the most drinkable beers I've had to date. I will be stocking up on this one. No more need to bust out hard ciders for all my non beer loving friends. This one will do just fine.
11-12-2010 12:55:57 | More by beerwolf77
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass.
A- Pours a glowing copper with a small, half finger head. Completely transparent and looks flat on the pour but the head erupts but leaves no lacing behind.
S- Fresh apples, a hint of cinnamon and some graham cracker. Smells much like fresh apple pie. A tad bit of sweetness lent by the malt. You can pretty much smell this one once you open the bottle.
T- Very much like the nose, fresh apple, a pretty good malt presence, a little brown sugar and cinnamon. The house yeast that New Glarus uses is pretty apparent. There is a small amount of tartness which lends well to the beer. A very nice balance here.
M- Medium bodied that may be a tad thin but works quite well. A low amount of carbonation and you can feel the tartness on the side of your cheeks.
D- With it's low ABV and great balance of flavors, this one is high. Hell, it took me two bottles to write this review because the first one went so quickly. This one is going to go well with a Thanksgiving meal.
11-12-2010 00:33:29 | More by Wisconsinality
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a brilliant copper color with a thick white head and generous lacing. You can smell the beer from the second you pop the cap. Smells of fresh baked apple, cinnamon, and sweet malts. Taste is actually not overwhelmingly sweet. Good sourness notes with cinnamon and a little nutmeg with tons of tasty apples in every sip. Mouthfeel is medium with good body and tons of carbonation. Drinkability is fantastic.
10-26-2010 15:11:23 | More by TheKingofWichita
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
A: The pour is a clear amber color with minimal head formation that eventually turns into a thin layer of off-white foam.
S: Apple pie all the way on the nose. Sweet apples, notes of cinnamon, that sort of sugary pie filling glaze, and even some pie crust. A hint of cider, too.
T: The flavor isn't quite as nice as the nose, unfortunately. Sweet apples, a light butter flavor, bread/pie crust (especially on the finish), and more cider flavors.
M: The body is medium with a sort of soft carbonation.
D: Sort of like a more complex sparkling cider (non-alcoholic), plenty of sweetness and apple flavor. I'd like to try this one fresher, but still good as it is.
10-05-2010 03:27:43 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:
Smells of shortbread and apple taffy. Clear, pale copper color with a solid yet thin white lacing. Big smack of apple character starts off with a puckering juice flavor and then moves toward more of a sweet, mealy apple tone. Clean with a first big step toward sweet from the apple flavor, then some breadiness reminds the taste buds that this is indeed a beer. Hops are hidden with no real bitterness that's noticeable. After the apple flavor tones down more, a baked apple and mild caramel maltiness round the palate out. Finishes semisweet with a faint breath of apple and grain.
Such an amazing beer, a complete contrast to where the more hyped beers are going, yet still extreme in its own way. Easily a stepping stone beer and without a doubt a non-beer drinker's conversion key.
09-20-2010 19:37:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.6/5 rDev -12.8%
12oz bottle obtained in trade. no date found. poured into tulip. tasted in early/mid june 2009.
looks like apple juice. 1-finger near-white head, foamy, fades to wisps and ring. some splotchy semi-rings of lace here and there.
aroma: smells like fresh apple juice, with touch of skins. not quite cider (non-alcoholic version). touch of caramel.
taste: sweet, tastes like apple juice or soda... almost no bitterness. trace acidity and trace note of fermentation.
fizzy, crisp w/ light to medium body and moments of syrupy feel, but acidity and fizzy carbonation cut through.
semi-refreshing, although a bit sweet. it's ok - interesting, but just not as bold, bright, fresh, and complex as some of their better fruit beers.
06-02-2010 08:00:44 | More by tai4ji2x
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Huge thanks to mikesgroove for this. Another New Glarus beer in the books. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Shared with capra12.
A: Moderate pour yields apple juice... yep... plain and simple apple juice. You want more? Ok fine... .5 finger white head that dissipates quickly, partially clear slightly orangy-yellow beer. Near non-existant lacing.
S: Fresh squeezed apple juice and cinammon. Extremely fragrant and sweet. This one really blows my mind and is really what NG does best. An astoundingly fruity nose. You know exactly what flavors you're going to get here.
T: Apple juice but a little sweeter from start to finish. A bit of spice... but again, there's nothing else to say that could describe this one better. Finish is rather clean with a sweet and tangy aftertaste. Perfectly simple.
M: Light to medium bodied, slightly coarse, and medium carbonation. Slightly watery in the mouth and with a clean finish. Aftertaste is pleasantly filmy.
D: Like an apple cider... but better in every way. Great taste and crispness. Extremely light, smooth, and drinkable. This is the epitome of a summer beer and a shining example of what New Glarus does best and what all fruit beers should strive towards... amazing. Seek it out!
05-26-2010 23:34:00 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
What a unique beer! i was expecting a green apple tart brew, but i took a sip and it was golden delicious all the way. This tastes like a strongly carbinated cider, with some cinnamon and spices thrown in. It's really amazing how apparent the juicy red apple is. Even the mouthfeel has the same viscosity as apple juice. The drinkability of this is funny in that it is related to the season,lol. During three seasons it would be easy to drink a few bottles, but during fall it would be easy to drink a 6-pack! sigh....it is a shame this is retired.
05-22-2010 07:00:42 | More by ChadQuest
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear pale copper color with a modest head that rather quickly fades to a lake within the borders of some foam
Smell: Shortbread and apple cider
Taste: Cidery from the outset, with a building sweet apple juice flavor that adds a brown sugar dimension; after the swallow, the apple flavors linger long into the finish, leaving a sweet, cobbler flavor on the tip of the tongue
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; puckeringly sweet
Drinkability: While this is a very interesting creation, in the end, it winds up being just a bit too sweet for me; I would have prefered a bit more tart apple in the flavor profile
05-09-2010 20:06:38 | More by brentk56
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
Many Thanks to northernbrews for hooking me up with this.
Pours into a pint glass.
A - Pours a slightly dark apple juice color with a little white head on top that disappears quickly, also has the body is crystal clear and doesn't have much carbonation either.
S - Huge amount of apple juice and cider smells which I love but no much else.
T - HOLY CRAP is this good, Big Time apple flavors with many some slight cinnamon and a touch of lemon. Pretty tastes like a top notch hard cider.
M - Tons of carbonation, absolutely the most crisp and clean beer I have ever had.
D - Amazingly refreshing, goes down super easy and tastes amazing, New Glarus needs to do 2 things, make this beer again and distribute it to Michigan (my house specifically).
03-30-2010 00:56:56 | More by semibaked
4.7/5 rDev +13.8%
Bottle courtesy of nflmvp. Thanks to a great trader, and very happy to be enjoying this one on New Year's Eve!!
Appearance: Pours a peachy orange. Fizzy, with very little head, and carbonation almost like sparkling cider. Leaves a thin ring of lacing with large carbonation bubbles.
Smell: No surprise here--apples and cider, as well as some spices (cloves?) and a fair amount of malts in the nose.
Taste: Tastes nearly like apple juice, with a syrupy sweet alcohol taste that is barely present. It actually shocked me how little you can taste the alcohol here. It's sweet and fizzy, starting out with sweet apples and moving to a slightly tart aftertaste in the finish. Simple, but delicious, and well done. There's something in the aftertaste that's not quite apples, which as it warms turns out to be a light white grapefruit, and a hint of light grapes as well. Tastes like real fruit--delicious in its simplicity.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy, large carbonation makes the apple juice taste really pop and stand out, as well as adding the illusion of a slight spice in the aftertaste. Well done.
Drinkability: VERY drinkable--though also filling. Would love to have this over and over again.
01-01-2010 03:16:35 | More by afausser
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks to Younger35 for this foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle.
A: The ale is significantly darker than the pale color I expected. Rather, it looks like a glass of apple juice except for the 3/4 finger of head blanketing the top of my glass.
S: The apple aroma is stronger and sweeter than I expected (clearly I've underestimated all aspects of this ale). Rather than showing off a tart green apple, the beer goes with a sweet, fuller array of red and yellow varieties. The apple presence is very sugary, very juicy.
T: Each sip has the sweet sugary profile of apple juice. There is little here to remind me that I'm drinking a beer. On the other hand, this isn't a hard cider. The sweetness is intriguing, heavily dependent on the apples for such a blast. If I didn't know any better, I'd never call this a beer.
M: An amazing ale, spot-on for the sweetness of apple juice with the kick that all adults can enjoy. Some things, like the offerings from New Glarus, never cease to amaze me.
D: I love apple juice and I love beer. Therefore, it stands to reason that I love this drink to a geometrically greater degree. I don't see myself drinking this all day long but as a one-off treat it really hits the spot.
11-02-2009 02:42:52 | More by akorsak
4.58/5 rDev +10.9%
Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, winding down another glorious early fall day full of football. Huge thanks to Mike (mikesgroove) for hooking me up with a beer that's definitely been on my most-wanted list.
Pours golden-amber, clear, with no head whatsoever to speak of. Rather lackluster. (Score bumped up because it's simply worth too much. a 3 in App shouldn't bring this from an A to an A-).
Nose is very interesting - as has been said before, if i didn't know what I had been handed, I would guess apple juice. Towards the end there's just a bit of - something beery - that pokes through, but it's hard to really put me finger on what.
Taste is phenomenal. Sweet apples hit you up front, with a sparkling carbonation that gives a nice bite underneath the apple-juice exterior. More cider than beer initially, but definitely on the sweeter side, just a bit of non-descript malt pokes out towards the finish to help dry the experience out a bit. Stellar.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light to medium bodied, maybe a hair syrupy, but you really have to look for it. The sharpness of the carbonation does wonders for this.
Drinkability is astonishing. I wouldn't be surprised if this used the exact same base recipe as Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. Delicious beer. I'm disappointed that the low appearance score hurts this as much as it does, so I'm artificially bumping appearance - this is easily an A beer.
10-05-2009 00:34:52 | More by JohnQVegas
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
12oz bottle. Poured in a pint glass. Yet another brew I received multiples from various traders. Big ups to all those cats.
A: Pours a golden orange. Very little head if any. Leaves some oily, top lacing.
S: Apple Juice and more Apple Juice. Seriously, you could to a blind sniff test and trick quite a few people. There's also some hints of spice and malty sweetness.
T: Big, juicy apple goodness. If I didn't know this was a beer, I'd swear it was a dry cider. Very sweet and a tad bit of tartness on the finish. Also some creamy caramel malts with a small amount of biscuit to round things out. Delicious.
M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly thicker than expected.There's some decent carbonation and it really sits well in the mouth.
D: I think my friend kept stealing sips, because the glass was gone before I knew it. Like I said, this could almost be a good cider or quality apple juice.
I've had this a few times now and have enjoyed ever sip. I'm kind of upset that I discovered this beer after it's very hard to obtain. This is one of those beers I'd love to let non-beer people try. New Glarus are easily the kings of producing fruited beers here in the US. I'd love to see them revisit this as a seasonal offering.
09-20-2009 21:06:49 | More by heliosphann
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
Big thanks to Dan (Schmittymack) for sending this brew my way. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A- Pours a lighter amber color, rather vibrant. Great clarity. Produced a thin, half fingers width of white head that quickly reduced to a ring.
S- Oh man, this one is fantastic. Literally smells like I just opened up a bottle of Mott's apple juice. Other than ripened apples, there are hints of an earthy/semi-spiced aroma.
T- Exactly like the aroma. The part that blew me away was the quality of the apple flavor in this beer. Pure 100% natural. Sometime fruit beers can feel very synthetic with artificial type sweetness. No such thing here. Almost as if someone just smashed up a bushel of apples and poured it straight into my beer.
M- Well carbonated, light to medium bodied. Leaves the palate semi-dry.
D- Extremely drinkable...especially on a cool, rainy afternoon such as this.
Overall, I am not really a fan of fruit/vegetable beers, but so far Dan has hooked me up with two of the best I have had...this beer and the Raspberry Tart. I had to carefully watch my glass as my wife tried to steal a sip here and there. There's a fine line between a cider and a beer and New Glarus managed to find a spot right up against it. Well done.
09-07-2009 16:42:37 | More by rhinos00
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
Presentation: Gorgeous, original foiled 12oz brown pop top with a nice ditty about the beer...massive thanks go out to the awesome girl at the brewery who pulled one of these out of the back for us to take home, so we could try it
Appearance: Crystal-clear dark golden beer, bordering on amber, with a thin white cap of large bubbles which soon fades to a thick ring
Smell: Brilliantly and vivaciously fruity...there's six varieties of apples in here and it seems like it; this is like fresh apple cider but kicked up a notch in intensity...fresh and crisp, with not much of any malt aroma in the background...this is almost like an English-style dry cider, but more natural
Taste: INTENSE apple flavors...it's complex, earthy, sweet and tart, delicious...like fresh cider from the apple orchard back home, mixed with the apple juice we all drank as kids, but with the slightest undercurrent of brown sugar/sweet caramel malt. Weird? Yes. Delicious? Yes!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth
Drinkability: High; perfect for fall
Conclusion: This is one fantastic fruit beer...in no way is this fake, sugary, or artificial...it's got emphasis on the fruit over the malt for sure, but it's more complex than a cider...feel lucky to have gotten to try this one...paired wonderfully with baked brie with raspberry honey and almonds
08-23-2009 02:19:40 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
One of my few remaining bottles of this pours into my glass a copper orange color with superb clarity and a quarter inch of light fizzy bubbly head on top. Aromas start with big crisp fresh apples. Somewhat spicy and reminiscent of a fresh apple cider on a cool autumn evening. Mild malty background.
First sip brings sweet apple cider flavors rushing across the palate that are quite vibrant. Mellow maltiness as it flows down. A tasty cider beer that's sweet overall with big apple juice flavor.
Mouthfeel is light and smooth with good carbonation....again along the lines of a carbonated apple cider. Overall, a darn tasty apple ale that is straightforward and hits the spot when you need something different. I hope they brew this one again.
08-20-2009 01:58:46 | More by orbitalr0x
Thumbprint Apple Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.